If you’re planning a visit to San Francisco, there’s no shortage of fun things to do for the whole family. Take in some sight-seeing or see a great musical. Grab some culture at a museum or romp in one of San Francisco’s many parks. Whatever it is you’re looking for, there are plenty of options to choose from for a fulfilling and memorable vacation.
The Golden Gate Bridge
The first thing on your to-do list when visiting San Francisco should be to see the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge. Don’t just see the bridge, take part in a tour and have a blast with the Bridge Photo Experience. Through green screen technology, you and your family can have your pictures taken showing you standing on the top of the South Tower or tenuously balanced on the bridge’s cables. Your inner daredevil will enjoy showing these photos to friends and family back home as you watch their faces contort in expressions of complete disbelief. Of course you’ll let them know the truth, right?
Bay Area Discovery Museum
Younger children will enjoy the Imagination Playground at the Discovery Museum where they’ll be free to roam and take apart and rebuild displays. They’ll play with giant blocks and other fun toys that help develop skills and creativity. Children of all ages will have a blast taking part in the different art studios geared toward their specific age groups where getting messy is part of the fun. Parents are encouraged to participate and to let their children bring out their artistic side. There are many other wonderful activities both kids and parent will enjoy, from weekly shows to exploring the Lookout Cove. This museum will surely be a big hit with the little ones in your family.
Bay Area Children’s Theater
There’s always something going on at the Children’s Theater, and from July 7th through August 5th you and your children will enjoy this production of Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type. Adapted from the book by Doreen Cronin, this hilarious musical will delight everyone. It seems the cows in Farmer Brown’s barn are cold and are going on strike, refusing to provide any more milk, until the farmer listens to their demands. How do they let him know? They find a typewriter in the barn and leave the farmer type-written messages. Your kids will enjoy this wacky story and will want to know how the problem gets resolved. This is a great way to introduce your children to the world of musicals.
Ride a Cable Car
If you live in a place where cable cars are non-existent, then it is incumbent on you to ride one of San Francisco’s cable cars. There are many cable car tours, but there are only three authentic cable car lines still running in San Francisco that are manually operated. The tours use motorized cable cars that really aren’t cable cars at all. Riding the real thing is an exhilarating and thrilling experience. Take the route through Hyde Park where you’ll spy Alcatraz or take a run through Chinatown and feel the excitement of riding up and down the steep hills and hearing the familiar ringing of the cable car’s bell. This is the only place in the United States with authentic cable cars, so don’t pass up the opportunity to ride one before they’re gone forever.
San Francisco offers so much for the whole family and it’s an experience everyone will long cherish. It’s the perfect summer family destination, whether your children are older or very young. So get the family together for a trip of a lifetime.